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A Guide To Self Directed 401k Plans

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 Robert Book (January 02, 2008)  A Hewitt Associates’ survey conducted earlier this year indicated that about 20 percent of employers offer self-directed 401k plans to their employees and another 5 percent were on the verge of introducing the plans. The report further added that a sizable 30% of employers too were seriously considering self-directed plans. Are Self-Directed 401k Plans Really Helpful? Actually, .. (Retirement)

How to Start Your Own Retirement Savings Plan

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 Sandra Simmons (January 01, 2008)  A retirement savings plan is essential to your future financial security. Where to put the money is not the issue. There are numerous choices of where to put your retirement savings. The question for most people is where do they get the money for the plan. Here's how to start one on your own, RIGHT NOW! The old saying, Pay Yourself First, is without doubt, the best financial advice .. (Retirement)

Will There Be Enough Money To See You Through Your Retirement Years? Retiring Minds Want To Know

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 Karen Cook (December 30, 2007)  How about we start off with a quote. It has good news and bad news. Depending on how you look at it. Senior Vice President of Nationwide Financial's Individual Investments Group, Eric Henderson says, "It's becoming likely that many will spend as much time in retirement as they did in their jobs. " Yikes! The good news of course, is that we are living longer. The bad news is that we are .. (Retirement)

Start An IRA 401k

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 Jonny Strong (December 30, 2007)  For the purposes of this particular article on retirement planning, I want to focus on those who would like to start an IRA or 401k. Firstly an IRA (individual retirement account) For many people, these are a very good option for saving towards retirement. An IRA is an account type that has certain tax characteristics. Because the US government encourages its citizens to save for .. (Retirement)

Change, Baby Boomers and Retirement - Issues in the Balance

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 John Tebar (December 28, 2007)  Change is the one thing that we as baby boomers know a lot about. We have been instrumental in changing politics, education, technology and even the way we think. If there was any over riding themes from our generation it would be humanity and technology. We have gone full circle in breaking away from the perceived norm to creating what we consider is the norm. Yet interesting enough .. (Retirement)

Saving for Retirement - The Power of Affirmations

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 Harold L Lowe (December 28, 2007)  Even if you are saving for retirement there's a good chance that the amount you've saved or are projecting to save before retirement does not put you into the financially independent category. There's also a good chance that the amount you are contributing as has not changed dramatically either. And there's a good chance that the circumstances that are preventing you from saving more .. (Retirement)

Retirement Invesment Tips Before And After You Retire

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 Emmanuel St Cyr (December 22, 2007)  Retirement shouldn't be considered the end of a person's life. There are plenty of things someone can do after retirement. Things like taking a course in something of interest, being active in your community or maybe learning a new skill. Staying active helps sharpen your mental development and gives a sense of importance. Most people find out that money is very much a necessity after .. (Retirement)

Retirement Communities - Important Points To Consider

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 Jonny Strong (December 17, 2007)  Hopefully you are like ourselves in that we don't believe retirement is a quiet, boring phase of life. Rather, to the contrary, we want you to embrace retirement with vigour and bundles of enthusiasm because it really can be the most enjoyable phase of your entire life. But, and here's the key, it will only be so if you choose to spend it in the right place which suits you and your .. (Retirement)

How to Reach Your Retirement Goals

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 Tracy Piercy (December 17, 2007)  When I was a practicing investment advisor I specialized in retirement planning. I would meet with my clients, review their savings and investments, and discuss their goals. Our discussion would involve how much money they wanted in their retirement and how I could help them by managing their investments. If my clients were already retired we would discuss maintaining or creating the .. (Retirement)

Redefining Retirement - Looking Down The Rabbit Hole

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 John Tebar (December 16, 2007)  We know that there is going to be a huge drawdown of pensions, retirement benefits, 401Ks and IRAs over the next eight years. Will the stock market hold up? That is a good question. Predictably, the stock market will go into a downturn for many years. This will start to require some response from Wall Street if they want to manage it. This would dictate that new financial instruments .. (Retirement)

Stop Worrying About Your Retirement

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 Milos Pesic (December 14, 2007)  Remember when your idea of retirement was sitting home and relaxing or traveling the world with your wonderful spouse and seeing all of those places that you only dreamed of before? Well, for many of us, the places we dreamed of will only be visited in our dreams. There is, however, the possibility that you can stop worrying about your retirement. You only have to read on and decide to .. (Retirement)

Now Is The Time To Check Out Retirement Centers

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 Milos Pesic (December 14, 2007)  So many of us want to put off finding a retirement home that we end up not choosing our own place to live. We procrastinate just enough that our children or loved ones have to make that decision for us. This scenario all too often can mean bad things for us as seniors and them as our loved ones. Once the need arises for a retirement center, there is normally a rush to find a place and .. (Retirement)

How to Relax in a Retirement Community

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 Milos Pesic (December 14, 2007)  Choosing a retirement community is not an easy task. Many people don't want to do it, so they leave it for their kids to choose. However, choosing your own will ensure that where you are spending your golden years is a place that you will enjoy. Once you have chosen your place or respite, you should be able to relax in your retirement community, not worry about the later stages of your .. (Retirement)

Enjoy Life After Retirement

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 Milos Pesic (December 14, 2007)  Aren't you ready to enjoy life after retirement? We all want to leave all of the day to day work behind and do what we want to do, even if that is working at home in the woodshop or in the garden. For most people, retirement is not what was expected. It is not easy to wake up every morning with no where to go and nothing to do. When you work for 40 plus years for eight hours a day, five . (Retirement)

The Roth 401(k) Option - Making the 401(k) a More Flexible Retirement Tool

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 Deborah Stevens (December 12, 2007)  The Roth 401(k) option combines elements of a traditional 401(k) plan and a Roth IRA to offer employees an alternative method of saving for retirement. With this option, employee contributions are made on an after-tax basis and income on contributions is not taxed while in the plan. However, income on contributions may be withdrawn tax-free as long as the withdrawal occurs more than .. (Retirement)

Retirement Letters - Composition and Content

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 Mary Ruff-King (December 10, 2007)  As a professional courtesy, an employee who will soon be retiring should submit a retirement letter to his immediate supervisor, even if the supervisor has been informed of the employee's pending retirement verbally. It is a standard business practice to put this in writing so that the notification of retirement can be filed in the employee's personnel file. A retirement letter should .. (Retirement)

Financial Planners Must Push Supplemental Retirement Income

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 Don Seibert (December 08, 2007)  Recent statistics from the U. S. Bureau of the Census show that almost 75% of Americans reaching age 50 have less than $25,000 in net assets. This is a remarkable and very sad statistic. It means that, unless they do something drastic and very quickly, their prospects for a decent retirement are looking pretty grim. From our society viewpoint, this means that, in the future, we will .. (Retirement)

Retirement Planning On A Low Income - Retirement Life Can Still Be Fun!

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 Ernie Zelinski (December 06, 2007)  There is a lot of misinformation coming from financial institutions and the media about how retired people with low incomes can't have much enjoyment in retirement. Perhaps these “experts" on retirement should check out some research performed by Claritas, the organization that classifies American neighborhoods demographically for marketing purposes. One of the groups classified .. (Retirement)

How To Get The Most Out Of A Financial Planning Retirement Seminar

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 Andrew Chan (December 06, 2007)  Looking to attend a financial planning retirement seminar? Do you know what to look out for? Here are some things to take note. Before attending such a seminar, do know what your expectations are and what the people organizing the seminar can deliver. Usually, part of the financial planning retirement seminar will include sales pitches on products propagated by the organisers. There is . (Retirement)

Inspirational And Positive Retirement Quotes To Help You Retire Happy, Wild, And Free

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 Ernie Zelinski (December 05, 2007)  Unfortunately, retirement often gets a bad rap from many media people and other individuals who themselves have not been able to successfully cope with retirement. Fortunately, however, people who can't cope with retirement are in the minority. “Retirement works out quite well for people, " states Joel Savishinsky, a professor at Ithaca College. Savishinsky, author of Breaking the . (Retirement)

Your Magical Retirement Plan - Ensure That You Have A Retirement Plan!

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 Ernie Zelinski (December 05, 2007)  Your retirement plan and my retirement plan should have something important in common and it is not what you may think it is. So what's your retirement plan look like? If you are like most people contemplating retirement, you may have given some thought to the financial aspects of retirement planning but absolutely no consideration to the personal aspects. In the course of a lifetime .. (Retirement)

Retirement Party Ideas - A Simple Guide to Retirement Party Planning

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 Aj Yeakel (August 29, 2007)  Planning a fun and memorable retirement party can seem like a huge chore if you don’t have a game plan for the party already in place. To help get you on your way, we’ve created a basic guideline that is intended to make your job easier and spark your creativity. For organizational purposes, the guideline is broken down into seven major categories: Venue Selecting the right .. (Retirement)

Retirement Job Ideas - Five Fun Ways to Keep Busy and Earn Some Extra Cash

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 Aj Yeakel (August 29, 2007)  A retirement job can be a great way to pursue your passion and supplement your income at the same time. While the term “retirement job” is indeed an oxymoron, the concept has caught on like wild fire with today’s retirees, who find that working part-time during retirement keeps them more active and in-touch with their favorite interests. To get you thinking about a .. (Retirement)

Retirement Communities - Making New Friends With Clubs

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 Aj Yeakel (August 28, 2007)  Starting a social club is a great way to forge new, lasting friendships in a new community. Here are a couple of options to get you started: Gourmet Group: Several couples join together for a monthly gourmet dinner at one member’s home. Each dinner should be themed. The host and hostess provide a recipe for each guest to prepare and bring that evening. Movie Night: Like a gourmet . (Retirement)

Retirement in Puerto Vallarta - What Makes Banderas Bay So Special?

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 James Scherrer (August 24, 2007)  Some say that Banderas Bay was formed from a volcano; that it is so deep that no instruments have ever been able to accurately detect its depth. Others claim it to be two miles deep. They are all incorrect as it’s merely an extension of a canyon running from the Banderas Valley or Ameca Valley with its deepest point near Cabo Corrientes, measured at 900 meters or approximately .. (Retirement)

How to Brainstorm Retirement Party Ideas

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 A Havekost (August 22, 2007)  There are many resources for retirement party ideas. There are easy cocktail parties and small get togethers. Many people are looking for theme party ideas. When you're looking for a good theme, keep the guest of honor in mind and work with something meaningful to them. To start brainstorming here are some things to consider: - Current Interests and Hobbies - golf, travel, gardening, .. (Retirement)

Retirement in Puerto Vallarta - Want to Learn Something in Your Spare Time?

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 James Scherrer (August 21, 2007)  Now that you've finally retired and have some free time, perhaps you might be interested in learning some things that you previously never had time to learn. But first, you must decide where you want to gain this new knowledge and with whom you want to gain it. The last place in the world that might come to mind for taking classes in the subject of your choice would probably be some .. (Retirement)

Retirement in Puerto Vallarta--Ready to Live in Luxury?

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 James Scherrer (August 14, 2007)  After a lifetime of hard work, isn’t it about time that you enjoy the fruit of your labor? By now, you should be ready to start living large, living like a king, living the life of Riley, or just plain living in luxury! James Whitcomb Riley’s poems depicted the comforts of a prosperous home life, while those using the term “living large” are referring to living .. (Retirement)

Retirement Thailand - How to Trigger a Lifetime of Good Health

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 Martin Hurley (August 11, 2007)  If a good lifestyle is the secret to a healthy retirement, then for anyone considering retirement, Thailand will awaken your senses and astound you with its amazing, live-and-let-live lifestyle, wonderfully diverse nature of its people, and gracious hospitality. And then there's the Thai women too. But, prepare to forget everything you once thought was ‘normal. ' Because to be .. (Retirement)

Retirement in Puerto Vallarta - Live in Mexico - Cheap, Huh?

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 James Scherrer (August 10, 2007)  Mexico on $5 a day? Sure, not a problem if you can survive on four cervezas during the day and sleep in a tent pitched somewhere in the woods during the night. Of course, if you live on the Mexican Riviera, you’ll only be able to afford a couple cervezas a day but you will be able to sleep on the beach! In 1997, we moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, known as Vallarta or PV by the .. (Retirement)

Where IS the Ideal Place To Retire?

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 Charlotte Demontigny (August 03, 2007)  As I headed out to East Hampton (my first mini-vacation since I retired last September), I began to wonder what it would be like to have enough money to comfortably afford a small home in East Hampton. Of course, there is no such thing - but back in the days when I planned my vacations here every year, I enjoyed the antique shops, book stores, fabulous cuisine, and the peace and .. (Retirement)

The Diversity of Retirement Income

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 Wade Robins (August 02, 2007)  In our ripe age, we would all like to be able to enjoy things we couldn’t while we were young and busy making a name for ourselves. Retirement income planning helps you a great deal in case you should decide you want a salary after you stop working and retire. That is why all sorts of trust funds and accounts with special features have been created on the market, having considered . (Retirement)

Top Summer Tips for Retirees

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 Cynthia Barnett (July 29, 2007)  Summer is a wonderful time to be outdoors and to be active. It is the vacation season for millions. But summer can be a very dangerous time as well. And, like it or not, once we reach the age of 65 or we develop heart disease or high blood pressure, we are at greater risk of suffering a heat-related illness during the summer. Here, then, are my top summer health and safety tips for .. (Retirement)

Retirement Community

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 Wade Robins (July 26, 2007)  “Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life” What is a Retirement Community? According to Wikipedia – “A retirement community, or active adult community, is a very broad, generic term that covers many variation of housing for retirees and seniors – especially designed or geared for people who no longer work, or restricted to those over a .. (Retirement)

Retire This Year

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 Eden Paul (July 25, 2007)  How many times have you been at work thinking that you would love to just retire now? Maybe you really love what you do but are tired of making a fraction of what your boss collects for the work you do and are just ready to call it quits. No matter what your reason for wanting to retire now, there might be an answer. You may want to start by trying some freelance work from home .. (Retirement)

Railroad Retirement Rewards Years of Service

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 Wade Robins (July 19, 2007)  For people who have dedicated a substantial part of their life towards service in railroad, Railroad retirement is one of the infringements available. The railroad retirement dues are made available to people who have worked, driven and have performed key responsibilities in helping the railways perform to the best of their abilities. One of the major factors in drawing attention of .. (Retirement)

Planning For Your Early Retirement And Health Insurance Needs

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 Wade Robins (July 05, 2007)  When can you say that you can retire? After operational hard for many years, if you have saved a great amount of money and cleared all your taxes other bills, and mortgages paid, you are prepared to formulate your strategy for early retirement and Health insurance. Planning your everyday expenditure in advance is a very tedious job. But the resources and details of companies that help .. (Retirement)

Retirement Planning Calculators - Tools To Help You Find Out How Much Money You Need To Retire

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 Tim Gorman (July 04, 2007)  Retirement planning calculators are effective for you to find out how much money you will need to retire. Finding out how much money you need to retire is a tricky thing and even more trickier than that is trying to calculate how much money you need monthly to live the lifestyle you want to live. So, here are some tips to help you out. The internet is a great invention because of all .. (Retirement)

Are We Busier or Just Unorganized?

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 Mary Riggs (July 03, 2007)  I always thought of myself as an organized person until I retired. I like many retirees do not know how we ever worked 40 + hours a week and in my case it closer 60 hours a week. We do not have a particular schedule in most cases nor the energy to keep the pace we once kept, so does that make us just seem busier? Of course, there is the memory issue. We simply forget even when making a . (Retirement)

Live In Luxury- Cruise Ship Retirements

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 Wade Robins (July 02, 2007)  Retirement is a period to relax and enjoy your life to the core. The most important that would be considered by you is where do you want to stay. A few of you may want to continue in the same residence or city, while a few may want to move out and stay in another place, or a house near Hawaiian beach. If you are looking for a substitute there is not so popular one, leave the shore and .. (Retirement)

How to Live Well on $1,000 a Month

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 Robert Seviour (July 02, 2007)  My son is a university student, he receives a grant of £3,000 ($6,000) a year and somehow finances his life with that. I asked him how he manages on so little. He replied that the only things he spends money on are rent and food. He said he lives on ‘Rice and ketchup’. For the time being he’s happy enough with his lifestyle, but let me tell you about an alternative to .. (Retirement)

How to Make a Stellar Retirement Speech

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 Lee Dobbins (June 29, 2007)  In making a retirement speech that is deep and projects meaning, remember to let it reflect who you are and how you really feel. Retirement is one of the most amazing times of your life. A good rest earned after decades of hard work has arrived. Retirement day is a day to rejoice over a career of work well done. In your retirement day speech there is so much to say, so many people to .. (Retirement)

Setting Priorities in Retirement

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 Carol Fena (June 27, 2007)  Many of my articles on retirement center on health as a priority. It takes discipline to set priorities and stick with them. Think of New Years resolutions and how often they come to nothing. But nutrition and exercise in retirement become urgent matters and should be a priority. Maybe you haven't thought about your priorities at all. You should. You have a plan for your financial well . (Retirement)

A Baby Boomer's Journey to Retirement

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 Charlotte Demontigny (June 23, 2007)  Working since the age of 15 years, it seems a lifetime ago that I first began my journey towards retirement. Now 58, I look back and wonder if there is anything I would have changed; anything I regret. They say hindsight is 20/20, and although I probably would have changed one or two things in my career, I have no regrets. Unlike most baby boomers, I retired early. Nine months ago, I .. (Retirement)

The Truth About Continuing Care Retirement Communities

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 Lee Dobbins (June 22, 2007)  Continuing Care Retirement Communities are communities used by senior citizens after retirement. They offer a choice of living situations and services. Based on changing needs, retirees can move back and forth between independent living, assisted living and nursing home care. Often unexpected medical expenses can radically alter your vision of a self-sufficient retirement. Continuing .. (Retirement)

3 Simple Ways To Celebrate Father's Day

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 Marie Stark (June 14, 2007)  Fathers…we all have them. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and senses of humor. But what makes a father a dad? In both little and big ways, your dad impacts your life. Your relationship with your father influences your outlook on authority, love and even religion. He's the giant who let you ride on his shoulders, the one who taught you to hit a ball, and the hero who was never .. (Retirement)

How to Convert Your Retirement into Comfortable Wealth Years of Your Life

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 Nathalie Fiset (June 10, 2007)  It's quite sad how a lot of people view retirement age as a phase in their lives that they have to live simply and frugally so as not to completely use up their retirement pensions. This doesn't have to be true in anyone's case, and no matter how old you are now, it's not too late to turn your life around and ensure that your retirement allows you to enjoy your wealth for the rest of .. (Retirement)

Life After Retirement- Senior Citizen Retirement

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 Nathalie Fiset (June 10, 2007)  Opposite to the common notion that, planning for a senior citizen's retirement will never ever be too early. Just at the moment when our seniors feel that it was time for them to spend sometime relaxing, that's the time when they suddenly decide to bring to an end their employment, finally. In the case of senior citizen retirements they typically reach a definite age when their .. (Retirement)

How to Enjoy Life the Retirement Way

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 Nathalie Fiset (June 10, 2007)  Most people may think of retirement as an easy way out from hard work. Many view retirement as the start of a good life away from hassles, demanding boss, and unbeatable deadlines. This can be true if they have planned their future apart from their work the retirement way. Statistics show that retirement can be quite expensive. For you to be able to maintain the kind of lifestyle that .. (Retirement)

The Values of Buying Properties to Retire

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 Nathalie Fiset (June 10, 2007)  Now that your retirement date is near, you have probably realized that you need to plan your retirement wisely and, most importantly, how to retire in comfortably. Do not be upset, by simply using properties to retire, you would definitely see the future as something you should be looking forward to. The problem is that many people are scheduled for retirement. Yet, they failed to plan . (Retirement)




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